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Old 08-01-2020, 05:14 PM   #121
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I just planted some green onions and some long sweet peppers.
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Old 08-02-2020, 04:59 AM   #122
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Got tired of hauling the hose in and out to the garden every day and always having to remember to move it when the lawn guys show up, etc.

Built the new enclosure (going to double the size of it for next year, by the way). Built two long raised beds so we don't have to crawl around to pull weeds. Made the bottoms out of a PVC sheet so they'll never rot out.


Then to top it all off, I trenched a 3/4" PEX line out to it from under my house, installed a wifi-controlled water switch, and programmed it to water the garden twice a day. Ran the PEX around the top of the inside garden perimeter, put an end stop on the end of it, then took my drill and put a series of tiny holes in the PEX, pointing down at all of the plants.

Bingo. Automatic watering, easy weeding maintenence. Am I into this thing for about a thousand dollars this year? Yeap. But that's not the point, and it's going to last for many many years. In the meantime, we have fresh produce every day, the garden is like a jungle oasis, and my kids get to see where real food actually comes from.


One screw up that I'm a little embarrassed about: Under-engineered the framing of the raised beds and they started to sag between posts after I added the soil. So I had to go back, jack them up with a car jack, add some more posts, and seriously upgrade the fasteners to lags. Lesson learned for next year.
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Got fall cherry toms in my small bed for 5 hungry grand daughters that eat them like candy. 100% organic compost & all
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Got fall cherry toms in my small bed for 5 hungry grand daughters that eat them like candy. 100% organic compost & all
My oldest son would raid the cherry tomato plants everyday when he got home from school.

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Been enjoying fresh melons of late. Yellow and red watermelons along with crenshaw melons. I planted what I that were Hale's Best cantaloupes turned out to be crenshaw melons. I'll try and get some pics of one I picked yesterday. Daughter asked if it was some sort of pumpkin cause it's big. Great melons but, not big producers like the Hales Best. I probably got 40 melons out of 2 hills last year, the 2 hills of crenshaw's produced 5 melons. Dag gum deer managed to eat one that was close to the fence.
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I remember growing cherry toms with my grandmother when I was a kid. Got my place in the country & been growing them ever since. Several don’t make it inside the house. Sure beats the cardboard ones @ the grocery. It’s good to get kids into gardening. A lot of the elementary schools around are doing it. Yea 22 those Hales best cantaloupes are good & easy to grow
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Miracle gro works

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We've only got 28 plants

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You canning some? With that many you should have plenty.

I'd show some pics of my big 1+ pounders if I could figure out why my pc won't load pics to this site.
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Nice tomato cages did you fab those
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You canning some? With that many you should have plenty.

I'd show some pics of my big 1+ pounders if I could figure out why my pc won't load pics to this site.
we can our soups/v8 juice. all the other we freeze.
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I had to do a quick seed harvest this afternoon. We have our normal one night if August rain coming tonight.

Ended up with a gazzillon arugala seeds, half a gazillion of beet and kale seeds and a quarter of a gazzilion celtuce seeds.

Should be good to go for a few years.

These are from my fall beds I planted last July.

Going to try some late season watermelon tomorrow.

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I had to do a quick seed harvest this afternoon. We have our normal one night if August rain coming tonight.

Ended up with a gazzillon arugala seeds, half a gazillion of beet and kale seeds and a quarter of a gazzilion celtuce seeds.

Should be good to go for a few years.

These are from my fall beds I planted last July.

Going to try some late season watermelon tomorrow.

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Don't count on all those seeds being viable, some like lettuce are only good for a year or two at best. I would bet you could put arugula & kale seeds in that category. Beet seeds last for a few years. I think as a general rule, small seeds don't last bigger ones can. I grew squash and watermelon this year from seeds several years old.

I try to use strickly heirloom seeds so I can replant something I like the following year, keeping a bit more than I would use incase someone else wants some.
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I don't have to plant lettuce anymore. It just comes up whether I want it to or not.

Hurricane must have done a lot of damage. Woke up this morning and the wife had mowed the garden down. Not that I really had a garden this year.
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Beat me to it 22. I grow everything from seed several years now & have learned most seed are only viable for a year. If old seeds do germinate the plants are weak. Storing in fridge in a glass jar helps as well

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Beat me to it 22. I grow everything from seed several years now & have learned most seed are only viable for a year. If old seeds do germinate the plants are weak. Storing in fridge in a glass jar helps as well

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I've heard about some seed vault in Norway that stores seeds from all over the world. I guess they last longer in sub zero temps.

Very true about sub par performance out of old seeds. Like most things, I've learned the hard way. Tried growing from gmo produce bought at the store too. They will sprout but, not produce anything.
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Yea strange thing about grocery produce, I have hatch pepper plants I originally grew from grocery store pepper seed & didn’t get around to planting following year. Gave some to friends, got some back past spring & very productive & just planted more. Funny thing is the organic guy I buy supplies from said they won’t do well here. N. M. Cali maybe but not here. That’s why I’m a firm believer in everybody’s garden is different. He likes the cherry sun gold toms & I’ve tried like 4 times & just not that good for me. That’s what keeps it interesting always learning
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A lot of store bought produce is engineered for size and color. They engineer out the fertility so to speak.

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Yea gmo. They sure forgot these peppers they produce like crazy & I’m keeping 4 families in them

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